4 December 2014
IMPORTANT BOTANICAL BOOKS FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF THE CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
SWEERTS, Emanuel (1552-1612). Florilegium amplissimum et selectissimum, quo non, tantum varia diversorum florum praestantissimorum et nunquam antea exhibitorum genera, sed et rarae quamplurimae Indicarum plantarum, et radicum formae, ad vivum partibus duabus, quatuor etiam linguis offeruntur et delineantur. Amsterdam: J. Jansson, 1631.
2 parts in one volume, 2° (418 x 272 mm). Engraved title, engraved portrait and 110 engraved plates, containing over 550 subjects by E. Sweerts. (Some light staining, blank lower right corner of title, portrait and blank upper right corner of last plate renewed, D3 torn and repaired.) Contemporary vellum (some staining, light wear to edges). Provenance: MC (early manuscript initials on front free endpaper).
Second Dutch edition. The first edition published in Frankfurt by A. Kempner in 1612, was actually a sale catalogue for plants that the author sold during the Frankfurt fair. Blunt points out, that many of the illustrations are copies from de Bry's 1611 Florilegium. Cleveland Collections 182 (GC copy this copy); Nissen BBI 1921; Pritzel 9073.
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